Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Monday, 22 March 2010

A joke?

Thanks Mr Eugenides! That really was a jawdropping moment.

The Home Office has, apparently, been hiring Ruby Wax as an adviser. She
provides senior civil servants with lessons in leadership and communication.
Chris Huhne expressed astonishment at Ms Wax’s role. Mrs Rigby is equally astonished, but not in the least surprised by the Home Office "spokesperson's" defence.
“The Home Office is committed to providing our staff with the best training possible, while ensuring value for money.”
But we can't judge for ourselves because the cost of these workshops sessions is
"commercially sensitive".
Oh! Right! That's told us! Thanks - we Rigbys are only little taxpayers, we don't really need to know how our money is being wasted.

Maybe, thought, it's because only the taxman is allowed to know how much Ruby Wax earns?

But, maybe, just maybe they don't want us to realise that these workshops were a complete and utter waste of money. They were intended to show participants how to
present a more human face using humour, empathy and honesty.(my bold)

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